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Lucas Duda still under pressue to produce after Ike Davis trade
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:57 pm ET) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is finally done looking over his shoulder with Ike Davis sent to Pittsburgh, but he's well aware he has to be productive in order to keep his starting job, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

"I still have to produce," Duda said. "If I don't produce, I won't play. If I don’t get the job done, someone else will."

Duda will likely continue to sit against most southpaws as the team looks to get at-bats for Josh Satin. Duda has hit .256/.333/.465 with three home runs and eight RBI in 43 at-bats.


Mike Minor likely to make season debut Friday or Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:52 pm ET) Braves pitcher Mike Minor is likely to make his season debut on Friday or Saturday, depending on how many days of rest the team decides to give Ervin Santana, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Minor is scheduled to make his final rehab start with Triple-A Gwinnett this Saturday as he recovers from a sore shoulder. Santana is on the mound for the Braves Saturday. The team doesn't play Thursday, so one of the two pitchers is going to have a full week off between starts.


Buster Posey batting third Saturday vs. Padres
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:47 pm ET) Giants catcher Buster Posey is back in the lineup and batting third for Saturday's game against the Padres.

Posey took a foul tip off his shoulder Thursday and was limited to pinch-hitting Friday, but he'll resume his regular role Saturday after giving the injury a little bit of rest. He has hit .255/.339/.436 with three home runs and eight RBI in 55 at-bats.


Rajai Davis set to see some time coming up
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5:46 pm ET) Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis was in the leadoff spot Saturday against the Angels, and that could become a trend over the next week or so. Manager Brad Ausmus told MLB.com he wants Davis at the top of the lineup against left-handed pitchers, and the Tigers are set to face five lefties in a span of six days.

"I've kind of had that in mind against lefties, to have Rajai and Ian [Kinsler] at the top," Ausmus said.

Davis made Ausmus look good Saturday, as he reached base three times in a 5-2 win. He went 1 for 3 with a pair of walks, though he did not score in the game, and was caught stealing once.

Davis' career line against lefties (.295/.354/.426) is much better than what he has produced against right-handed pitching (.257/.299/.354.)


Chase Headley in lineup Saturday
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(5:43 pm ET) Padres third baseman Chase Headley is back in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Giants.

Headley will be making his first start since Tuesday after dealing with a bicep injury this week. He has hit .176/.222/.275 with one home run and four RBI in 51 at-bats.


Cole Hamels scheduled to return Wednesday vs. Dodgers
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(5:35 pm ET) Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels is scheduled to make his season debut Wednesday in Los Angeles against the Dodgers, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia reports.

Hamels was shut down early in camp due to shoulder inflammation, but he's ready to make his long-anticipated return to the Phillies rotation after throwing seven innings in his final rehab start Thursday. He'll be looking to improve from last season's numbers after going 8-14 with a 3.60 ERA and 202:50 K:BB ratio in 220 innings.


Dane De La Rosa playing catch, still no timetable
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5:30 pm ET) Angels reliever Dane De La Rosa has been able to play catch in recent days while rehabbing from a shoulder injury, but there remains no timetable for his return to action according to MLB.com. De La Rosa is eligible to come off the disabled list April 28. 

Colin Moran likely to begin game action next week
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:30 pm ET) Marlins infield prospect Colin Moran will likely begin playing games in extended spring training next week, the Miami Herald reports.

Moran has been sidelined by a minor knee injury thus far. He's one of the top prospects in the organization after being selected sixth overall last year.


Rafael Furcal to begin Double-A rehab assignment Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:27 pm ET) Marlins infielder Rafael Furcal is slated to move his rehab from high Class A Jupiter to Double-A Jacksonville Monday, the Miami Herald reports.

Furcal began his rehab assignment with Jupiter Monday and will move up a level a week later. He's progressing from a hamstring injury as he works towards playing his first major-league game since 2012.


Desmond Jennings dealing with groin injury, may return Tuesday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:24 pm ET) Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings is nursing a groin injury, which may keep him sidelined until Tuesday against the Minnesota, the Tampa Bay Times reports Saturday. Jennings will be limited to pinch-hitting Saturday and Sunday while he recovers from the injury.

Jennings is hitting .264 with one home run and five RBI in 53 at-bats to start the season.

 
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